Namibia wildlife sanctuary volunteering holiday

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Responsible tourism: Namibia wildlife sanctuary volunteering holiday

Environment

The main aim of this project is to rescue and rehabilitate cheetahs, lions, baboons and a variety of other indigenous animals. Many animals at the sanctuary are relocated, due to being threatened by farmers who view them as threats to their livestock. The baboons in particular often come to the centre as orphaned babies. The animals that can be released are encouraged to emulate natural, wild behaviour and then sent to a sister project to begin the stages of re-release.

Volunteers are key to the success of the wildlife sanctuary, as participation in the programme ensures the on-going rescue, survival and rehabilitation of the animals which have found a safe refuge there.

This project directs all its efforts towards long term rehabilitation, but sadly not all of the animals who find a home at the sanctuary are able to be released back into the wild. Only those that cannot be, usually for reasons involving human intervention, remain at the sanctuary. Many of these animals have been orphaned, hand raised from a very young age and as a consequence become too used to captivity and so cannot be released safely.

The work being carried out by this project is essential in the continued crusade to protect some of Namibia’s most treasured species. Any volunteer taking part in this project will leave safe in the knowledge that their efforts have greatly contributed to this endeavour.

Community

This project focuses particularly on addressing human - animal conflicts that have arisen between the area's wildlife and local communities. If the locals do not want the animals nearby, the sanctuary works to relocate them to a safer and more remote environment, to ease the tension that such close proximity often causes.

The interaction of volunteers with local communities also greatly helps to build a positive relationship between the project and local people. The work that is carried out by the sanctuary is not only beneficial for the area's wildlife, but for the communities that are struggling to live alongside the animals themselves.

Reviews of Namibia wildlife sanctuary volunteering holiday

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 13 Sep 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The volunteer work at N/a'an Ku Se was amazing. I very much enjoyed the Dunes and Wildlife tour as well.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


I would book the tour before the volunteer work and I would definitely volunteer for at least 2 weeks.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I felt like I was really making a contribution to the functioning of the wildlife
sanctuary with food prep, cleaning enclosures, feeding and caring for animals and being responsible for the environment and impact on the ecosystem with recycling and conservation efforts .

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


I had an amazing time!!!

Reviewed on 06 Dec 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


It was fantastic to be directly involved in a conservation operation for some of the most endangered animals in Africa. Volunteers were able to actively participate in activities to anaesthetise and move animals and other research, as well as handling a variety of animals on a regular basis. The highlight of my two weeks was conducting a game count on horseback and taking cheetah cubs for their daily walk.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Two weeks is probably not enough. Look out for options to volunteer for a week at Neuras and Kanaan and book before you go - these options are very popular. There are also various reasonably priced safari options which are worth looking
at.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The motto of the N/A'an ku se wildlife sanctuary is 'conservation through innovation' and works directly with farmers to track and conserve large carnivores - and this innovative approach is delivering excellent results. The foundation also supports the San community. I felt privileged to be part of this very worthwhile operation and to have contributed in some small way.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent - food and accommodation, though relatively basic, were good (although do bring your own plunger and ground coffee if you don't drink instant). Staff were extremely knowledgeable and helpful, the volunteers all worked well together and a range of activities were provided. Rudie and Marlice, the owners and founders of N/A'an ku se, very much appreciate the work of the volunteers and are always ready to engage with them. All in all, one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I will be going back!

Reviewed on 02 Apr 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Being able to be near, feed and touch some majestic animals - lions, cheetahs, baboons.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be prepared for really hot weather - I sunburned - and get ready to enjoy.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I certainly did. I saw how the animals were cared for, how the local people were given employment and knew I was contributing.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


I had a great holiday - too short - but that was my choice.

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